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Graphic zeigt die Zahl der kommerziellen Weltraumflüge seit 2000.
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SpaceX führt das Feld der kommerziellen Weltraumflüge

By Ninian Carter

December 19, 2023 - SpaceX führt das Feld der kommerziellen Weltraumflüge mit großem Vosprung. 281Flüge eit 2008, davon 90 in 2023. Insgesamt 494 Flüge haben seit 2000 abgehoben.

Billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX leads the field of commercial space flight operators by a long margin, launching 281 flights since 2008 – most of which took off in the last three years.

Other notable billionaire space pioneers include Richard Branson with 20 launches of his Virgin Galactic and now defunct Virgin Orbit launch vehicles, and Jeff Bezos with 17 launches of his Blue Origin rockets.

SpaceX has also become a valuable launch partner for the U.S. government and NASA, currently holding a multibillion-dollar contract with the latter to develop the massive Starship rocket into a lunar lander capable of delivering astronauts to the moon.

A recent increase in heavy launch frequency, particularly at SpaceX, is accelerating a fall in costs – a one kilogram package can be now sent into low-Earth orbit for just $1,500.

SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies Corporation, is the world’s second-most valuable privately held startup with a valuation of $180 billion – China’s ByteDance is the most valuable at $225 billion.

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PUBLISHED: 20/12/2023; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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